Project Delivery

Project Delivery Working Group Approved FY18 Annual Work Plan

Project Controls Subgroup July 2018 Hanford Meeting

Project Delivery Working Group (PDWG) May 2018 DOE Nevada Field Office Meeting


The Project Delivery Working Group (PDWG) is chartered to leverage the expertise and experience of DOE’s contractors to address challenges and achieve improvements in project delivery across the complex. The PDWG’s purpose is to seek out, promote, and share the best practices and processes for successful project delivery at DOE facilities. This will be achieved through contractor subject matter experts and professionals from across the complex, working together and in partnership with DOE to strengthen and advance the development, management, and delivery of projects (and project-like activities) in support of DOE missions. The PDWG’s portfolio includes those broad-based, interrelated elements across the project lifecycle critical to successful delivery. Areas of focus include:

  • Acquisition strategy and planning
  • Earned value management
  • Cost estimating and scheduling
  • Management of complex projects
  • Integration of safety into the design process and other technical processes
  • Contract alignment and incentives
  • Start-up and commissioning


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Robert (Bob) Miklos

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Director Idaho National LaboratoryDirector, Production Facilities & TSDFs, Material Fuels Complex Work P.O. Box 1625 Idaho Falls ID 83415 Work Phone: (208) 533-7760

Robert P. Miklos,
Director, Production Facilities & TSDFs, Material Fuels
Idaho National Laboratory
Chair, Energy Facilities Contractors Group (EFCOG)
Project Delivery Working Group (PDWG)

Robert Miklos, PMP/SCPM has over 30 years of experience in disciplined operations of nuclear facilities include hot cells,
waste handling treatment and processing capabilities ,nonnuclear facilities, start-up and testing, integrated safety
management, used fuel handling, fuel processing ,TRU waste and mixed waste projects and project management. He led
establishment of the INL Project Management Office which included implementation of laboratory-wide tailored project management systems, including DOE Order 413 implementation and EVM certification strategy. He is currently the Director of Production Facilities & Treatment Storage and Disposal Facilities (TSDFs) with line management responsibilities for safe and
efficient operations, maintenance and project activities within multiple Nuclear and Radiological facilities including Fuel Condition Facility (FCF), TSDF, INL Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC) facilities and operations of the new Remote Handled Low Level Waste Disposal Facility (RHLLW), currently undergoing Nuclear Facility Start up activities.

Prior to joining the INL community, he gained 18 years of large-scale commercial construction, capital asset projects and DOD construction, overhaul and refueling, defueling and decommissioning experience when employed by Newport News Shipbuilding and its subsidiary company, Newport News Reactor Services.

He is chair of the Energy Facilities Contractors Group (EFCOG) Project Delivery Working Group (PMWG), EFCOG INL Executive Council Member, undergraduate Degrees in engineering from Pennsylvania State University and Old Dominion University, a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and Stanford University Certified Project Manager

Rick M Millikin

Vice Chair CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation CompanyVP, Strategic Planning and Project Controls Work P.O. Box 1600 MS R2-50 Richland WA 99352 Work Phone: (509)373-5892 Cell Phone: (509)308-9565

Craig T Hewitt

Co-Secretary CH2MHILL Plateau Remediation Company Work PO Box 1600 Richland WA 99352 Work Phone: (509) 376-5790 Cell Phone: (509) 308-2277

Betsy Schmidt Chase

Co-Secretary TwentyEighty Strategy Execution Work 901 N. Glebe Road, Suite 200 Arlington VA 22203 United States Work Phone: (703) 558-3143 Cell Phone: (703) 407-7707
Program/Office Location (field site) Contractor
Arlington, VA Yes

EFCOG Sponsoring Directors

Lori W. Baker

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Bechtel Waste Treatment and Immobilization PlantBusiness Services Manager Work 2435 Stevens Center Place, MS14-38 Richland WA 99354 Work Phone: (509) 371-5860 Cell Phone: (865) 712-8453

Lori Baker has more than 25 years of project management and contract administration
experience, including more than 20 years with Bechtel.

Lori serves as Manager of Business Services at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization
Plant (WTP) Project in Richland, Washington. In this position, she oversees the Prime
Contract, Controller, Human Resources, Information Systems and Technology, Office and
Facilities Services, and Six Sigma organizations. She is responsible for ensuring
regulatory adequacy for all WTP business functions and activities. Lori currently is the
Bechtel senior official leading the renegotiation of the WTP contract with the Department
of Energy (DOE).

Before joining WTP in 2011, Lori served as the Bechtel National, Inc. (BNI) Functional
Manager of Procurement and Subcontracts in Frederick, Maryland, where she was
responsible for BNI purchasing systems and personnel performance across all BNI
government business. She previously held positions as the Procurement and
Subcontracts Manager for Bechtel at government sites, including the Department of
Defense’s Blue Grass Chemical Demilitarization Project in Richmond, Kentucky, and
DOE’s Accelerated Cleanup Project at the K-25 site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Lori served on the Procurement Evaluation and Re-Engineering Team (PERT) for two
years and conducted procurement reviews at the Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory, Savannah River Site, and the Strategic Petroleum
Reserve Project. She also held key management positions for Bechtel commercial
projects in the Power, Telecommunications, and Oil, Gas, and Chemical business units.

Lori holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the Tennessee
Technological University and has earned numerous certificates in leadership, contracting,
and project management, including her Bechtel Certification as a Level 3 Procurement
Manager. She also is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Champion.

Frank R. Sheppard, Jr.

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Director Parsons Government ServicesSenior Vice President and Project Manager Work 1080 Silver Bluff Road Aiken SC 29803 Work Phone: (803) 641-8926

Frank R. Sheppard, Parsons Senior Vice President and Salt Waste Processing Facility
(SWPF) Project Manager, had 21 years of Federal Government experience prior to
entering into the private sector for the past 9 years. Mr. Sheppard joined Parsons in
September 2011 as the Contracts Manager and assumed the role of Project Manager
April 2015. Mr. Sheppard is responsible for safe project execution and delivery,
including Construction, Testing and Commissioning and Operation of SWPF.
Prior to joining Parsons, Mr. Sheppard ran a successful Small Business consulting
company, The League, LLC, providing contract and management consulting services to
small and large businesses working on, and competing for, Department of Energy and
Department of Defense contracts. Mr. Sheppard’s 21 year Federal service began with
the U.S Navy at Lakehurst, NJ and the Office of Chief of Naval Operations. Mr.
Sheppard joined the Department of Energy Headquarters in 1995 working in the
Environmental Management’s (EM) Rocky Flats Program Office and then supported
the Assistant Secretary for EM in creating the Office of Acquisition Management where
he served as Director as a Senior Executive Service member through 2005.

Susan G. Stiger

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Director Bechtel National, Inc. & Los Alamos National LaboratoryManager, Energy and Environment Work Bechtel National, Inc. 11831 W. Riverview Drive Post Falls ID 83854 United States Work Phone: (208) 757-7395 Cell Phone: (208) 757-7395

Susan Stiger has more than 35 years experience in the energy and environmental industries, primarily managing major projects and operations in nuclear facilities, waste management and environmental remediation. She led the environmental cleanup programs at the Idaho National Laboratory, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and at Rocky Flats. She has also held senior positions on DOE projects at Oak Ridge and Hanford. Currently, Susan provides operations oversight and strategic formulation for Bechtel National’s Department of Energy sector and serves as a senior corporate representative with DOE-HQ. Her experience directing complex technical projects in challenging political and regulatory environments has led to a focus on turning troubled projects and organizations into successful operations.

Ms. Stiger has been involved with EFCOG since 2004 and currently chairs the EM policy group. She holds an SB degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

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Project Controls Subgroup

 Project Management Subgroup

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